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How Well Do You Know the FMLA Coverage Rules?

Posted on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.

So how do you calculate whether you're an employer covered under FMLA?

To be covered under and maintain compliance with current FMLA rules, private sector employers need to employ 50 or more employees for at least 20 calendar workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year. The 20 calendar workweeks do not need to be consecutive. 

When counting your employees, you would include any employee whose name appears on your payroll any working day of calendar week, regardless of whether they received compensation for the week. 

Once your organization meets the 50 employees-for-20 workweeks threshold, it remains covered until it reaches a point at which it no longer employed 50 employees for 20 (non-consecutive) workweeks in the current and preceding calendar year.

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